I just read these entries about fifths disease at the MedHelp website. I have had some similar symptoms as some of you. I had knee suregery using donor cartilage a few months ago and was healing remarkably but after a month and half my knee started to swell and had to be drained. In the meantime my right shoulder started to pain me whenever i raised my arms up over my shoulders. then my left shoulder started feeling the same pain. I also developed an odd small rash in between my eyes which i still have. Im a 4th grade teacher and the school had a fifths disease outbreak last spring. I brought this information to my rhuematologist and he said it was too long ago for fifths to be a culprit. he has now diagnosed me with rhuematoid arthritis and will start a long steroid program for several months. ruematoid arthritis normally starts in the hands and feet-my hands and feet are totally normal but my shoulders are excruciating especially in the morning. It sure sounds familiar to some of the entries here. I take 4 ibuprofil tabs 3 times a day to take the edge off the pain. I guess i need to press for the test for fifths but what else do i need to do? I really dont want to take the steroids for several months.
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